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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 11:41 AM
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Winterizing your car

I have been told to fill the gas tank, but fill it with non oxygenated fuel.This iliminates water in the tank and will not rust parts and it is better for the rubber fittings.

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THANK YOU RICK!!!!!!!!! l was just about to post something on the Forum asking about winter storeing.....only l added one more thing......a BOX of Kleenex..FOR THAT LAST GOOD BYE.
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Tires up or down?

That is, off the ground, or on. My mechanic recommends either setting the car on blocks or driving it once a month. He maintains that either one will prevent the tires from getting "flat" spots. Anyone have any knowledge on this?

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Drive or store, that is the question...

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That is, off the ground, or on. My mechanic recommends either setting the car on blocks or driving it once a month. He maintains that either one will prevent the tires from getting "flat" spots. Anyone have any knowledge on this?
The way I look at it, you will be less inclined to drive your Sky as often as you should if it is up on blocks. If you do put it up on blocks, then you should consider undertaking other long term storage actions and leave it on blocks for the entire off season.

On the other hand, if you can drive it once in a while (monthly at the very least), then putting it up on blocks will be more of a PITA each time you want to drive it. If you do keep it on the ground, then put something between the tires and the ground, to insulate the tires (albeit this will not prevent flat spots).

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I really don't want to put it up for 4-5 months anyway. Thanks for the advice! tRs

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I really don't want to put it up for 4-5 months anyway. Thanks for the advice! tRs
Mine is up for 5 - 6 months each year ... at least my insurance goes way down for half the year.
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Stored my Reatta for 20 years in the winter.It nevers saw snow/salt.
Dryer sheets on the floor mats.
full tank of gas with stabil put in before fill up. Run it back home to distribute stabilized gas throughout.
change oil/filter.
stuff rags in exhaust(keeps mice out of your exhaust)
overinflate tires 5lbs+or-
leave 3x5 card in car with things you did that need done in spring(rags in exhaust)
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Won.t drive till spring rains wash salt off of roads,same way i treat my Harley.
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...so how about just drivin' it once in a while?

I have covered parking, so no worries there. I figure just drive occasionally when the roads are clear.

Thats my plan also. Even in Seattle we get a few dry days in winter.

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Some times the life of a SKY SUCKS!
Thats just wrong!!!

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I do the following for winter storage in Northeast Ohio:

1) Full tank of gas with fuel stabilizer (reduces condensation in gas tank)
2) Complete wash and wax
3) 50 lbs of pressure in all 4 tires to avoid flat spots
4) Bounce dryer sheets under hood and inside on the floor
5) Plug exhaust tips with rags
6) Disconnect battery terminals
7) Put on car cover
8) Store in 50 degree heated garage

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Chevy has pretty well put the stabil myth to bed. If you drive a volt there is no use of stabil, and after 1 year if you have not run through a tank, the car makes you run down to 1/3 of a tank. So if your just parking for 4 or 6 months, there is no need to add stabil.

Top up and latched, butress down. The reason for this is to stretch the roof out. Especially if you leave it down all summer.

I used Cab Fresh in my corvair for years, kept the mice out and smells ok. One trip in spring and the car was back to normal.

Another tip not discussed park on plastic or wood, to get the tires off the concrete. Of course most of us drive the tires off the car anyhow so not sure how much we need to worry about the tires.

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Good info Davhamm...all news to me. Though I drive all year round so the issue of "storage" really isn't a concern here. Not driving it for a weekend because I'm doing work with the truck is the most "storage" it sees. LOL
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